Thursday, 26 March 2009

Old Things and Inspiration

Amazing talents
The more I research, the more excited I get about some of the amazing talents around; embracing recycling and using elements within their work.

Zoe Murphy
Found a great designer the other day, Zoe Murphy, who’s British and from Margate. For all you retro lovers out there, take a look at these.

What a great way to re-invent a sideboard!

She was short-listed for the New Designer of the Year award, and promotes: “loving what belongs to you”, by re-using in an ethical and up beat fashion. Her imagery is inspired by her hometown of Margate, on the South coast on England. Her work is fun and colourful and her designs are reminiscent of the 1950’s.
See more at

Print designs are applied to wood veneers, Formica and even silk wedding dresses to create new works of Art. Also, her blog at

Etsy, vintage renaissance
Also loving this etsy shop I found under the name vintage renaissance. It got me thinking about endless possibilities for re-using stuff. Check out that suitcase, great idea.

Forgotten Treasures
On that note, I thought I’d have a rummage around the fabric cupboard and studio! Found forgotten treasures ;-)

Look at this! So beautiful, 1940’s silk satin, which I bought from e-bay ages ago. It’s fantastic quality, and so lovely, I haven’t been able to bring myself to cut it yet!!! Love it with this pink satin. I might have to scour the charity shops for a very large standard lamp to use it on.

These are some of the vintage embroidery motifs, still attached to the original papers, which I use to decorate my lamps. I was lucky enough to come across this stash, many years ago and at the time didn’t realise what I would use them for.

Also found these old printing sets with letters and holders and pictorial stamps of stags and zebra etc.. found them at a local bric-a-brac place, perhaps I’ll try printing these onto ribbons, could work well with my lamps.

Jane Schouten
Last but not least had to show you the work of Jane Schouten. Those of you not on flickr may not have come across her amazing creations and re-invented furniture. Jane’s designs are vibrant and fun: she recycles previously loved items by customizing them in her own unique way.

How fabulous are these reupholstered chairs, using vintage blankets, and hand stitching in great colours, such as these orange ones.

The details are so beautiful, with motifs such as flowers hearts and hands.

She also has a handmade range of gorgeous items to pick from, available on her website and an equally colourful and stylish home to match, which you can see more of on her flickr photostream, search ATLITW.

Love the Wall Art pieces, they’re an eclectic mix of found treasures, and almost forgotten memories.

You can buy Jane’s work including the recycled and the handmade items at take a look it’s really great.


  1. Lindas notas subiste!!! Un beso,

  2. Thanks Marce,
    You're a star, and thank you so much for featuring my work on your blog xx
    And in google Spanish!
    Usted es una estrella, y muchas gracias por mi trabajo que presenta en su blog xx

  3. Great post!! I love the idea of repurposing vintage finds or used items. And .....yes I am also a big fan of Jane Schouten's work or rather world...a magical one!!So inspiring!

  4. Now i will never leave my computer desk and no one will get fed in my house tonight
    thanks for sharing this,looks really interesting

  5. Hi!!Thanks for your nice comment, it was great discovering your blog too!!

  6. WOW! Some really great finds!! I love the teapot lamp as well as the suitcase bed!!!!! How creative!
    and the Jane Schouten stuff is gorgeous....I love the and orange together is one of my favorites!

  7. oh the stamp set is super-

  8. wow, that cute kitty bed, how adorable is that? I love those orange embroidered chairs too! Thanks for the nice comments on my blog! cheers!

  9. Great stuff...I LOVE the vintage embroidery!

  10. I love that kitty bed! Too cute.
    ~luvin'your blog too!!
    ~dee ;)

  11. Some beautiful finds on your blog

  12. Oh how i love your old fabricks and embroideries.
    U lucky you.
    Have a nice weekend.

  13. Do you sell any of your stuff? I was on Sf girl by the bay's blog and i saw your beautiful flowered paper mache bowl.
    Currently lusting after it or one similar..

  14. Thanks everyone for your lovely comments.
    Elizabeth, can you send me a mail to tracy@nors,, so that I can mail you, as i cannot contact you directly via your blog link.
    I can make you a very similar one. As it's new work, I haven't currently sourced new outlets and stockists yet. It would take about two weeks to make, to allow for making and drying time. Mail me and we can discuss size requirements and cost. So glad you like them. :-)

  15. Apologies! i have put a comma in my mail address!
    It is actually

  16. fabulous finds and fabulous blog!!
    thanks for finding me!

  17. Brilliant! I love the twig-like fabric wall sculptures. ♥